Monthly Archives: September 2015

Banned Books Week Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015

From the American Library Association

BBW-logoNew York — Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by encouraging read-outs, displays, and community activities that raise awareness of the ongoing threat of censorship.

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation and the world.

In recent years, the majority of the most frequently challenged books in libraries have been Young Adult (YA) titles. Six YA titles were on the list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014, according to the American Library Association. Attempted bans on books of all kinds also frequently occur under the guise of protecting younger audiences.

“Young Adult books are challenged more frequently than any other type of book,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee. “These are the books that speak most immediately to young people, dealing with many of the difficult issues that arise in their own lives, or in the lives of their friends. This Banned Books Week is a call to action, to remind everyone that young people need to be allowed the freedom to read widely, to read books that are relevant for them, and to be able to make their own reading choices.”

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Free Library Continuing Education Events for September 28-30

Welcome to the Wyoming State Library’s Training Calendar. These are free, online events. You can subscribe to it and view the events in your calendar software or find all the events here at:

Note: Continuing education events for October 1-2 will be posted later this week when they become available. 

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Laramie County Library Gives Tweens Their Own Space

Laramie County tweensThanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Laramie County Library System (LCLS) now has a unique space for 3rd through 6th graders on the second floor.

The space, located under the bright orange WOW and YAY signs just west of the floor chess board, combines over-sized bean bag chairs, a Joke-of-the-Week wall, drawing space, and a board that promotes STEM concepts such as force, motion and other engineering concepts through movable magnetic tubes.

The most recent addition to this space are the LED light boards, designed to teach simple programming skills using Adruino and Raspberry Pi technology. In the fall, youth will be able to take a class to learn basic programming on these devices. The light panel can be checked out, as long as it remains on the floor, so tweens can program words or shapes to display for friends and family.

Tweens and their families are encouraged to visit the second floor Ask Here desk for additional information and to check out dry erase markers.

Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Confirmed as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew

Washington, DC — Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew’s nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by the United States Senate on Tuesday night. The Institute, an independent United States government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

Dr. Matthew will serve a four-year term as the Director of the Institute. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities. She succeeds Maura Marx, who served as IMLS Acting Director since January 19, 2015, following the departure of IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth, at the conclusion of her four-year term.  Marx is currently the deputy director for library services.

Biographical Background

Dr. Matthew’s career interests have centered around supporting and coaching museums and other nonprofits, large and small, who are focused on propelling their programs, communications, events, and fundraising offerings to a higher level of success.  Dr. Matthew’s professional experience spans the breadth of the diverse museum field.  Through her many different leadership positions, she brings to the agency a deep knowledge of the educational and public service roles of museums, libraries, and related nonprofits.

Dr. Matthew received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Job Opening: Natrona County Public Library Director

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Natrona County Public Library in Casper, Wyoming, is seeking applicants for library director.

The director plans, manages and directs the operations, programs, services, and personnel of the Natrona County Public Library System. Key responsibilities include: managing and directing library operations; ensuring high quality library programs and services; developing and maintaining short and long term plans for the library; representing the library and coordinating departmental activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, community organizations and the media; and staying abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public library management.

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New Pew Report: Libraries at the Crossroads

From the Pew Research Center

A new Pew Research Center study, “Libraries at the Crossroads,” shows that the public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities.

American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.

Many Americans say they want public libraries to:

  • support local education;
  • serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants;
  • help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;
  • embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.

Public Wants Libraries to Advance Education, Improve Digital Literacy and Serve Key Groups

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Wyoming Snapshot Day Less Than One Month Away

SnapshotLogoWyoming Snapshot Day is coming up fast on Oct. 20, 2015. It’s a great day to celebrate libraries. On Snapshot Day, libraries collect patron comments and photos that show the value Wyoming libraries bring to their communities every single day of the year.

We have 61 libraries signed up to participate this year. Is your library signed up? If not, there’s still plenty of time. Email Susan Mark at to join the celebration.

JoAnn Collins Named Fremont County Library System Director

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JoAnn Collins

The Wyoming Library Community welcomes JoAnn Collins, the new director at Fremont County Library System. Here, JoAnn shares a bit about herself:

“As the new Director of the Fremont County Library system I hail from California, and hold an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS). Most recently I spent two years in Placer County as the Assistant Director of Library Services. Placer County is a community of approximately 200,000 people and supports eleven public libraries, six of which are considered small rural libraries, similar to the libraries in Fremont County.

“I began my career in libraries about ten years ago. After working several years in the corporate world in management, marketing and training, I decided I wanted to spend the second half of my career giving back to the community. I had worked for Scholastic, the publishing house and met several librarians that I grew to admire. Librarianship felt like the right place for me to start a second career. While I studied for my MLIS at San Jose State University, I worked my way up through the library ranks, first as an elementary school librarian, then a young adult, reference and senior librarian. I also worked as a systems youth services librarian and even tried my hand at teaching at the college level. I taught a course called information fluency and academic integrity, which I enjoyed very much. This past summer I had the opportunity to interview for the position of Executive Director of the Fremont County Library System. I am thrilled to say I was offered the job and happily accepted the position. I consider leading the Fremont County Public Library System the pinnacle of my library career. As I mentioned during my interview, we as librarians, have to do a better job of telling the library story, sharing impact stories we see almost daily at the library. Public libraries will continue to be relevant in the future and it is my job as the Fremont County Library Director to ensure that our libraries remain relevant and we continue to meet the needs of our community.

“On a personal note, I have a daughter, son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren who live in Casper, WY. I also have two small dogs (no cats yet) that keep me busy. I love to read and garden and hope to do some hiking, fishing and maybe even some camping once I get a little more settled. My new home, comes equipped with a chicken coop, so there may be some chickens in my future. I am frequently at the Lander Branch Library, feel free to come by and meet me anytime.”